Just because you’re looking for a gift on a budget, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the quality of the item itself. And yes, that’s even true when it comes to high-tech gear. Believe it or not, we now live in a world where solid technology products need not cost an arm and a leg anymore.
Still, it can be hard to track down and separate the good from the bad – especially at this time of year when everyone is just trying to sell, sell, sell. That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the web for the absolute best tech gifts that you can find for under 50 dollars and we’ve put them all on the following list. Even the most discerning tech-addict in your life will be happy with anything you might find here.
WizGear Universal Air Vent Phone Car Mount
In spite of the fact that GPS units are fairly commonplace in vehicles nowadays, most people still use their phones for directions. But it can be distracting and dangerous to hold it or stash it in your cupholder. Instead, this air conditioning vent mount will allow you to prop your phone up next to the steering wheel using magnets. That means easy on, easy off and very little distraction.
Universal Travel Power Adapter
If you’re a jet-setter or you just like to get out and about in the world every now and again, you probably have come to realize that there’s no such thing as a standard power port for electricity. And that’s a problem if you intend to charge your tech in a foreign land. Luckily, this little travel companion mates with the sockets of over 150 countries, so you can juice up wherever.
Nomad Lightning Key
Rather than carrying around an obnoxious cable in your pocket or pack, attach this tiny device to your keychain. It’s flexible, scratch and dent resistant, and will let you charge your iPhone anywhere that you can find a USB port.
Anker PowerCore 1000
If you spend a lot of time on-the-go and you keep a set of tech gear with you, you might find it difficult to keep it all charged up. And sometimes, it’s impossible to find an outlet anywhere. Well, so long as you keep this portable battery with you, you need not worry. Plus, it has enough juice to power up an iPhone around 3 times.
iPhone 7/8 Battery Case
Despite the advancement of the iPhone technologically, the battery still seems to drain at an alarming rate. Circumvent that all-too-common issue by placing your phone inside this battery case. It’s only slightly larger than the phone itself, but it will give you enough power to make it through the day without having to panic-search for a power outlet.
Google Home Mini
It’s become pretty apparent that AI personal assistance are here to stay, so it might be time to get yourself (or your gift recipient) onboard. Luckily, Google’s assistant is accessible, even on a budget, but still offers up all the bells and whistles you’d expect – like playing music, looking up information on the internet, or even keeping a schedule for you and yours.
WeMo Mini Smart Plug
Rigging your home up to make it smart can make your life much easier, but it isn’t cheap. Thankfully, this plug is kind of a work-around. It doesn’t require you to rig up your entire house, but it will still allow you to control the plugged in tech from your phone – whether you’re home or away.
Tile Sport Key Finder
We’ve all lost our keys and/or our phones at some point or another. And if we’ve done it once, we’ll likely do it again. If you own a Tile, however, finding it is as easy as pushing a button. This device syncs with a phone app to provide stress-free GPS tracking. And it works in both ways – meaning if you lose your phone, you can find it with your keys and vice versa.
LG Keyboard Portable Bluetooth Keyboard
Whether you have a tablet or a laptop with a not-so-great tiny little keyboard, you can probably benefit from a full-sized set of keys. This wireless option will do the trick, but it also has an added bonus – it actually rolls up for easier safe-spacing storage.
Braven Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Wireless Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen at this stage, so it takes a bit to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, Braven has found a way – by producing incredibly tough and surprisingly loud options. Take this one, for instance. It’s small enough to attach to your hiking backpack and can survive a dunk in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. And it will play for 8 hours straight.
Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Stand
With the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 8 and X, it has become clear that wireless charging is here to stay. And you don’t even need a Qi-ready phone to get some use out of it. Just pop your phone into a wireless charge case and pick up this Samsung charging stand. And no, you don’t have to have a Samsung phone to use this stand.
Nomad Ultra Rugged Lightning Battery Cable
Nothing is more frustrating than running out of power in your favorite devices. And it happens far too often. You can circumvent the annoyance, however, if you keep this battery cable on hand. Not only will the paracord-wrapped USB-to-Lightning cable last far longer than the cable that came with your tech, but it also has a built-in power source.
Roku Streaming Stick
Cable is dead. Long live streaming devices. And Roku sits right up near the tippy top of the whole category, for good reason. Not only is their tech accessible and easy to use, but it also performs incredibly well for the price. Don’t believe us? Just plug this stick into your TV and see for yourself just how slick the HD output is.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Monitor Headphones
While it’s certainly true that the best headphones in the world also come with an exorbitant price tag, that doesn’t mean you can’t get an excellent pair of ‘phones for a reasonable price. Take these Audio-Technica monitor headphones. They feature 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, giving you surprisingly good sound quality that won’t break the bank.
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
Amazon has produced plenty of things that make our lives easier – but one of their absolute best offerings happens to come on a budgets. Their Fire 7 Tablet is shockingly comprehensive in its functionality, it runs with just about any app you can find to put on it, and it will even sync with all your other smart tech. Not bad for fifty bucks.
High Tech Everyday Carry Essentials
Haven’t quite tracked down the perfect gift for the technophile in your life? We bet that there’s something on our list of high-tech EDC essentials they might like. Check it out.